Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and local residents celebrated the grand opening of a new and improved Sunset Park at 2601 E. Sunset Road at Eastern Avenue. The renovation project, formally known as Phase 2 of the Sunset Park master plan, started in June 2011. Seventy-five of the park's 325 acres have under gone significant improvements. Much of the upgrades occurred around Sunset Lake, including the addition of a walking loop with exercise stations, lake-edge lighting, a new pedestrian plaza, restroom, and a remodeled dock for remote-controlled boats. A new playground features a tree house, swinging bridge and slides that look like petrified logs. The nearby splash pad offers water fun during the community's hottest months. Picnic spots have new shade structures, and turf areas are more spacious. A new roadway opened in the fall of 2012 to improve access to parking areas and other features in the park. Located just 5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Sunset Park has historical importance in Clark County. At the center of the park is the last remaining portion of sand dunes that once stretched across the southern part of the valley. The site was home to early ranchers and Native Americans, drawn there by water from artesian wells and plentiful food-bearing trees and plants. Paiute Indians inhabited the area and traded seeds, nuts and turquoise with visitors. Water still flows naturally under the park and provides irrigation. The new Sunset Reservations Office located near the administrative building is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The office was a ranch house building that now offers bicycle, sports gear and equipment rentals. Reservations for picnic facilities, ball fields and other amenities also can be booked through the office or by calling (702) 455-8200. More information is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.